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Bulls bits

By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


TAMPA -- The beat of one-run games goes on for the baseball team. But at least the trend of losing those games changed Tuesday as the Bulls beat UCF 13-12.

Evan Brannon's single in the bottom of the 10th scored Bill Nahorodny to give USF the win against No. 16 UCF. The win improved USF to 23-22 overall and came on the heels of it taking two of three last weekend from Louisville to improve to 11-7 in Conference USA. With two plus weeks left in the regular season, the Bulls are in third and fighting for one of the top seeds for the C-USA tournament May 16-20. At 15-3, Houston remains in first place, two games ahead of No. 9 Tulane (13-5).

USF hosts Southern Mississippi in a three-game series beginning at 7 p.m. today at Red McEwen Field.

After a three-game series at Charlotte next week and a game at Florida, the Bulls close the regular season with a series at home against Houston.

SOFTBALL: USF swept a doubleheader against Charlotte on Saturday. The Bulls took the first game 5-0 and won the second 9-6, combining for 22 hits. In the first game, the Bulls were led by the bottom of the order. The seventh hitter, Ginny Georgantas went 2-for-4 with an RBI while the eighth batter, Rena Rodriguez, went 3-for-4, with her first career home run. Senior Priscilla Smith went 2-for-3 in the game.

In the second game, the Bulls got a three-run lead in the first and did not look back. The Bulls (33-24 overall and 7-7 in C-USA) play a three-game series against Southern Mississippi beginning today at the USF Softball Complex.

MEN'S TENNIS: Nadim Naser won for USF at No. 5 singles, but he scored the Bulls' lone point in a 4-1 loss to Tulane in the C-USA tournament final Saturday in New Orleans.

Naser defeated Derya Rose 6-2, 6-2.

WOMEN'S GOLF: Memphis came back from a two-round, six-shot deficit to win the Conference USA Women's Golf title by two strokes over USF.

The Tigers duplicated their score of 296 from Saturday, shooting a 904 total. The Bulls shot a final-round 304 to finish with 906 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, ending the Bulls' streak of three consecutive titles.

Kelly Martin led USF with a second-place finish. Jessica Hayes, Kelly Lagedrost and Fany Schaeffer placed in the top 10.

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